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Three Musicians, 1921 by Pablo Picasso

Three Musicians, 1921 by Pablo Picasso

Where to Find Scholarly Articles

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Subject Guide

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Vicki Winstead
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Searching for Information

Think about keywords related to Art Song or a specific poet, musical artist, era, or genre to start your search in the library's catalog, WorldCat@SU When you find a relevant resource, try clicking the subject heading links to lead to more resources on the topic. Also browse the shelf nearby for related titles. Ask your librarian for advanced search tips! Remember to also try various spellings, combinations of keywords, and synonyms. 

Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat@SU:

Popular Music | American Literature | Music, Influence of | Lyricists | Musicians | American Poetry 20th century History and criticism | Lyric poetry history and criticism ‚Äč| Songs, English United States History and criticism | Songs | Songs, Analysis appreciation | Folk musicians | Music and Literature

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

When you encounter any kind of source, consider:

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?

Scholarly vs Popular:  The table below shows which characteristics are more commonly associated with scholarly or popular sources. Both scholarly and popular sources can be appropriate for your research purposes, depending on your research question, but research assignments will often require you to use scholarly materials. 

  Scholarly Popular
Author Experts such as scientist, professors, and historians Generalists, including bloggers, staff writers, and journalists; not always attributed
Examples Journal of Asian History, New England Journal of Medicine, Chemical Reviews, Educational Psychologist; books from University presses such as Oxford University Press Wikipedia,,; People Magazine, USA Today; bestselling books; books from popular publishers like Penguin and Random House
Format Almost always include: abstracts, literature reviews, methodologies, results, and conclusions Varies
Citations Include bibliographies, citations, and footnotes that follow a particular academic style guide No formal citations included; may or may not informally attribute sources in text 
Purpose Communicating research findings and education Entertainment and news